70 Goodfellas Quotes on Friendship and Loyalty

Prepare yourself because these Goodfellas quotes will have you grabbing your seats with their action-packed and emotional lines!

Goodfellas is a movie based on the biographical crime book, Wiseguy, written by Nicholas Pileggi.

It is a nonfiction story about a mob associate named Henry Hill and how he adjusts to and deals with gangster life.

The movie is jam-packed with action and violence. But, more than that, it also has lessons that will teach you about friendship and loyalty.

After all, being a part of an organized mob means sticking with your brothers and sisters no matter how hard life is.

So, if topics of crime and power interest you, these quotes are for you!

Our collection below will surely keep you entertained and make you pick up a lot of lessons.

Let’s get started.

And don’t forget to check out these Taxi Driver quotes and Scarface quotes.

Best Goodfellas Quotes

1. “If you’re part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they’re going to kill you. It doesn’t happen that way. There aren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come at a time when you’re at your weakest and most in need of their help.” – Henry Hill

2. “For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me, that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.” – Henry Hill

3. “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.” – Jimmy Conway

4. “I like this one. One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other.” – Tommy DeVito

5. “I’m not mad. I’m proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and learned the two greatest things in life. Look at me.” – Jimmy Conway

6. “Jimmy was the kind of guy who rooted for the bad guy in movies.” – Henry Hill

7. “Killing’s got to be accepted. Murder was the only way that everybody stayed in line. You got out of line. You got whacked. Everybody knew the rules.” – Henry Hill

8. “For us, to live any other way was nuts. To us, those goody-good people who worked shitty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work every day, worried about their bills, were dead. I mean, they were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained twice, they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again.” – Henry Hill

9. “You know, we always called each other Goodfellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, ‘You’re gonna like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a goodfella. He’s one of us.’ You understand? We were goodfellas, wiseguys.” – Henry Hill

10. “Didn’t matter. It didn’t mean anything. When I was broke, I’d go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking, and now, it’s all over. That’s the hardest part. Today, everything is different. There’s no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. I can’t even get decent food. Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.” – Henry Hill

Goodfellas Quotes From Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro)

11. “What did you say? Are you being a fucking wiseguy with me?” – Jimmy Conway

12. “I’m gonna go get the papers, get the papers.” – Jimmy Conway

13. “She’ll never divorce him. She’ll kill him, but she won’t divorce him.” – Jimmy Conway

14. “You might know who we are. We know who you are, understand?” – Jimmy Conway

15. “Look what this fucking mutt did to my shoes.” – Jimmy Conway

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Goodfellas Quotes From Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci)

16. “You mean, let me understand this, ’cause, you know, maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny, how, I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?” – Tommy DeVito

17. “I need this knife, Ma. I’m gonna take this. Is that okay?” – Tommy DeVito

18. “His family’s all rats. He’ll grow up to be a rat.” – Tommy DeVito

19. “Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.” – Tommy DeVito

20. “Jimmy and I could never be made because we had Irish blood; it didn’t even matter that my mother was Sicilian.” – Tommy DeVito

21. “Oklahoma kid. That’s me. I’m the Oklahoma kid.” – Tommy DeVito

22. “I didn’t want to get blood on your floor.” – Tommy DeVito

23. “Don’t give me that Tommy garbage. What the, I asked you for, Henry? I asked you for a favor. I do a lot of favors for you, don’t I?” – Tommy DeVito

24. “You know, Spider, you’re a mumbling, stuttering little idiot. You know that?” – Tommy DeVito

25. “Hey, Spider, that bandage on your foot is bigger than your head.” – Tommy DeVito

26. “Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I’d tell you to go home and get your shine box.” – Tommy DeVito

27. “Alright, I’ll tell you something. Go fuck your mother.” – Tommy DeVito

28. “I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I’m free the next morning.” – Tommy DeVito

29. “Okay, what? She don’t want to go out with Italians alone. She’s prejudiced against Italians. Do you believe that? In this day and age? What the fuck is the world coming to? I can’t believe this, prejudiced against Ital—. A Jew broad prejudiced against Italians. Anyway, she won’t go out with me alone unless her girlfriend comes with her, so I figured you could come along and go out with her girlfriend.” – Tommy DeVito

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Goodfellas Quotes From Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)

30. “Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.” – Henry Hill

31. “I swear to my fucking mother, if you touch her again, you’re dead.” – Henry Hill

32. “Anything I wanted was a phone call away. Free cars. The keys to a dozen hideout flats all over the city. I bet 20, 30 grand over a weekend, and then I’d either blow the winnings in a week or go to the sharks to pay back the bookies.” – Henry Hill

33. “I like going this way. It’s better than waiting in line.” – Henry Hill

34. “Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.” – Henry Hill

35. “See, you know, when you think of prison, you get pictures in your mind of all those old movies with rows and rows of guys behind bars. But it wasn’t like that for wiseguys. It really wasn’t that bad, except that I missed Jimmy. He was doing his time in Atlanta. I mean, everybody else in the joint was doing real-time, all mixed together, living like pigs. But we lived alone. And we owned the joint.” – Henry Hill

36. “It was revenge for Billy Batts and a lot of other things, and there was nothing that we could do about it. Batts was a made man, and Tommy wasn’t, and we had to sit still and take it. It was among the Italians. It was real greaseball shit. They even shot Tommy in the face so his mother couldn’t give him an open coffin at the funeral.” – Henry Hill

37. “Now, the guy’s got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with a bill, he can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now, the guy’s got to come up with Paulie’s money every week, no matter what. Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. The place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.” – Henry Hill

38. “Saturday night was for wives, but Friday night at the Copa was always for the girlfriends.” – Henry Hill

39. “One day, some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother’s groceries all the way home. Do you know why? It was out of respect.” – Henry Hill

40. “In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course and then we had meat or fish. Paulie did the prep work. He was doing a year for contempt, and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor, and he used to slice it so thin that he used to liquefy in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system.” – Henry Hill

41. “For a second, I thought I was dead, but when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way. If they had been wiseguys, I wouldn’t have heard a thing. I would’ve been dead.” – Henry Hill

42. “By the time I grew up, there was 30 billion a year in cargo moving through Idlewild Airport, and believe me, we tried to steal every bit of it.” – Henry Hill

43. “Even before I first wandered into the cabstand for an after-school job, I knew I wanted to be a part of them. It was there that I knew that I belonged. To me, it meant being somebody in a neighborhood that was full of nobodies. They weren’t like anybody else. I mean, they did whatever they wanted. They double-parked in front of a hydrant, and nobody ever gave them a ticket. In the summer, when they played cards all night, nobody ever called the cops.” – Henry Hill

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Goodfellas Quotes From Other Characters

44. “You want her to visit you? Good! Let her stay up all night crying and writing letters to the parole board.” – Karen Hill

45. “I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn’t. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.” – Karen Hill

46. “You’re a real jerk. You wasted eight fuckin’ aprons on this guy. I don’t know what the hell’s wrong with you. I gotta toughen this kid up.” – Tuddy Cicero

47. “You know, a 20-year-old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice. He introduced me to everybody. Everybody wanted to be nice to him, and he knew how to handle it.” – Karen Hill

48. “We were treated like movie stars with muscle. We had it all just for the asking.” – Henry Hill

49. “One night, Bobby Vinton sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. I didn’t think there was anything strange in any of this.” – Karen Hill

50. “He was terrific. He was the best. He made a lot of money too, ah salud, Tommy.” – Billy Batts

51. “I got to have it. It’s my lucky hat. I never fly without it.” – Lois Byrd

52. “Listen, I ain’t gonna get fucked like Gribbs, understand? Gribbs is 70 years old, and the fucking guy’s gonna die in prison. I don’t need that. So I’m warning everybody, everybody. It could be my son; it could be anybody. Gribbs got 20 years just for saying ‘hello’ to some fuck who was sneaking behind his back selling junk. I don’t need that. Ain’t gonna happen to me, you understand?” – Paul Cicero

53. “This kid was great. They used to call him Spitshine Tommy, I swear to God!” – Billy Batts

54. “You got some nerve standing me up like that last night! Nobody does that to me! Who the hell do you think you are? Frankie Valli or some kinda bigshot?” – Karen Hill 

55. “After a while, it got to be all normal. None of it seemed like a crime. It was more like Henry was enterprising and that he and the guys were making a few bucks hustling while all the other guys were sitting on their asses, waiting for handouts. Our husbands weren’t brain surgeons. They were blue-collar guys. The only way they could make extra money, real extra money, was to go out and cut a few corners.” – Karen Hill

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Hilarious Goodfellas Quotes That Will Make Your Day

56. Stacks Edwards: “What time is it?”

Tommy DeVito: “It’s 11:30. We’re supposed to be there by nine.”

Stacks Edwards: “Be ready in a minute.”

Tommy DeVito: “Yeah, you were always fuckin’ late. You were late for your own fucking funeral.”

57. Karen Hill: “What do you do?”

Henry Hill: “I’m in construction.”

Karen Hill: “They don’t feel like you’re in construction.”

Henry Hill: “Ah, I’m a union delegate.”

58. Paul Cicero: “Tommy’s a bad seed. What am I supposed to do? Shoot him?”

Copa Captain: “That wouldn’t be a bad idea?”

59. Johnny Dio: “How do you like your steak?”

Paul Cicero: “Medium rare.”

Johnny Dio: “Huh? An aristocrat.”

60. Henry Hill: “I remember, she’s screaming on the street, and I mean loud, but she looked good.”

Karen Hill: “I’ll think about it, but it’ll cost you, Hill. A lot.”

Henry Hill: “She had these great eyes, like Liz Taylor’s.”

61. Henry Hill: “I felt he used too many onions, but it was still a very good sauce.”

Paul Cicero: “Vinnie, don’t put too many onions in the sauce.”

Vinnie: “I didn’t put too much onions, uh, Paul. Three small onions. That’s all I did.”

Johnny Dio: “Three onions? How many cans of tomatoes you put in there?”

Vinnie: “I put two cans, two big cans.”

Johnny Dio: “You don’t need three onions.”

62. Tommy DeVito: “Hey, Henry, Henry, hurry up, will you? My mother’s going to make some fried peppers and sausage for us.”

Jimmy Conway: “Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here’s an arm!”

Henry Hill: “Very funny, guys.”

Jimmy Conway: “Here’s a leg!”

Tommy DeVito: “Here’s a wing! Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or you still go for the old hearts and lungs?”

More Goodfellas Quotes to Revisit the Movie’s Most Entertaining Conversations

63. Spider: “Why don’t you go fuck yourself, Tommy?”

Jimmy Conway: “Whoa! Can’t believe what I just heard. Hey Spider, here. This is for you. Attaboy! I got respect for this kid. He’s got a lot of fucking balls. Good for you! Don’t take no shit off nobody.”

64. Jimmy Conway: “What’s the matter with you? What, what is the matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I’m kidding with you. What are you doing? What are you, a sick maniac?”

Tommy DeVito: “How am I meant to know you’re kidding? What, you mean, you’re kidding?”

Jimmy Conway: “I’m kidding with you! You shoot the guy?”

65. Tommy DeVito: “I’m a good shot. What do you want from me?”

Anthony Stable: “How could you miss that distance?”

66. Billy Batts: “I’m only kidding with you. We’re having a party, I just came home, and I haven’t seen you in a long time. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you.”

Tommy DeVito: “I’m sorry too. It’s okay. No problem.”

Billy Batts: “Okay, salud.”

67. Paul Cicero: “You know anything about this fucking restaurant business?”

Sonny Bunz: “He knows everything about it. I mean, he’s in the joint 24 hours a day. I mean, another fucking few minutes, he could be a stool. That’s how often he’s in there.”

68. James Conway: “You stupid bastard, I can’t fucking believe you. Now, you’re gonna dig the fuckin’ thing now. You’re gonna dig the hole. You’re gonna do it. I got no fuckin’ lime. You’re gonna do it.”

Tommy DeVito: “Who the fuck cares? I’ll dig the fucking hole. I don’t give a fuck. What is it, the first hole I dug? Not the first time I dug a hole. I’ll fucking dig a hole. Where are the shovels?”

69. Henry Hill: “I only bought the damn guns because he wanted them, and now, he didn’t want them.”

Jimmy Conway: “What the fuck are these? None of them fit. What’s the matter with you? What, do you want to pay for this shit? I’m not paying for it.”

Henry Hill: “I didn’t say a thing. He was so pissed off. He didn’t even say goodbye.”

Jimmy Conway: “Stop with those fucking drugs. They’re making your mind into mush. You hear me? Take them back.”

70. Tommy DeVito: “We hit the deer and his paw, what do you call it? The paw.”

Jimmy Conway: “The hoof.”

Tommy DeVito: “It got caught in the grill. I got to hack it off.”

Did These Quotes Teach You the Value of Sticking Together?

The world is a harsh place to live in, especially if you are alone. Everyone knows how much we struggle if we don’t have the proper support system to help us in our journey.

Through Goodfellas, we first learn about the value of loyalty. The streets are hard to deal with, but having people that will side with you no matter what is a blessing that only a few of us have. And, in more ways than one, being part of a family and belonging there say a lot about our character.

If we know the value of collectivism, we become more selfless and considerate of others. We prioritize the needs of the whole group instead of our individual desires. When we recognize these values, then we’ll be much more equipped to face life and its challenges.

So, if you forget the value of love and friendship, let these quotes remind you of those. Remember to be compassionate and show support to your friends and family!

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